Grants and Scholarships

Educational Grants

Are you building an outdoor classroom, school recycling program, or pollinator garden? Have an idea for a school conservation project but don't know how to get started?

We offer grants for teacher or student led school projects on an ongoing basis! We also offer technical support and advice to make sure you and your students are on the path to success.

Download the application below, or reach out to our Conservation Education Specialist for more information:

Susan Brown
Education Specialist
859-586-7903 x3

Past Participants:
Noel Parson, Union Pointe Academy, 2019

Ms. Parson's students at Union Pointe Academy used BCCDKY grant funds to design and create a vegetable garden in their schoolyard. In its first season, students have already enjoyed a small harvest, and an outdoor space for learning. 

Karla Hall, Kelly Elementary School, 2019

Ms. Hall, the art teacher at Kelly Elementary, has worked with her students to create wildlife habitat around their school. BCCDKY funds were used to build native flower gardens, bird habitat, and a composting area next to their playground, which is now home to a variety of wildlife species including Theodore, a resident gray squirrel. 

Melissa Craddock, Chester Goodridge Elementary School, 2018

In honor of Earth Day, Goodridge Elementary's 4th graders planted native trees for all to enjoy. These trees will provide aesthetic, shade for the kids, and a home to many little critters. The 4th graders wrote the grant and started the initiative!

Lenny Beck, Boone County High School, 2017

Mr. Beck has worked with his high school biology students to design, create, and sustain an outdoor classroom. This outdoor space has created a space for students to observe, monitor, and experiment with native plants and a place for local wildlife such as birds and pollinators to live.

Student Scholarships

Applications for the Boone County Conservation District scholarship are available through the district office. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students who are enrolled in a major related to the field of conservation.

Applicants must be Boone County residents. High school students planning to enter college in the fall of 2019, as well as students currently attending college, are eligible to apply.  Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31st, 2020.  Recipients will be notified by March 1st, 2020.


  1. Applicant must be a Boone County resident.
  2. Must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in the Fall 2020 semester of a college, university, or technical school.
  3. Applicant must be enrolled in or intend to enter a program of study directly related to natural resource conservation. This includes but is not limited to agriculture, biology, environmental studies, or geology.
  4. Applicants who are enrolled in a four-year program of study and are registered for a minimum of 12 hours per semester will be given preference.
  5. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Recipient will be notified of selection by March 1.

  • If for any reason the scholarship recipient does not attend college, the scholarship may be awarded to another qualified applicant.
  • Scholarship money will be paid directly to the college or university, upon receipt of proof of enrollment. One half of the $1000 scholarship will be awarded for the first semester and the remainder will be awarded for the second semester, provided the student maintains a 3.0 or better grade point average for the first semester.
For more information contact:

Susan Brown
Education Specialist
859-586-7903 x3


To Apply:
  1. Read the list of requirements above. 
  2. Complete this online application  before the deadline. Make sure to include:
    • Most recent school transcripts
    • Essay on career plans and intended field of study, and why you are applying for this scholarship. Please submit typewritten, double-spaced, on not more than two pages.
    • Two letters of recommendation from school officials or community leaders, not to include relatives
Jake Brannon, 2019

Jake is a graduate of Boone County High School. He is double majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science with Economics at the University of Kentucky. "My favorite quote is, 'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift! That is why they call it the present.' This quote gets me thinking about how we should appreciate what we have in terms of natural beauty today because we are not sure if we will be able to have this gift of an environment in the future."

Bryce Wade, 2017, 2018, & 2019

Bryce is a graduate of Conner High School. He is currently studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. "My favorite part about my major is being able to work with plants and animals while making a positive impact on the world around me. In the future I plan on getting involved with biological research at The University of Tennessee."

Bailey Peterson, 2018

Bailey is a graduate of Boone County High School. She is currently studying Environmental Science at Northern Kentucky University. She wants to follow in the footsteps of her boss, former Sustainability Manager Tess Phinney at NKU, and become involved in sustainability and conservation efforts in higher education by teaching environmental classes to spark student involvement like Tess did with her. "I believe college students have a HUGE pull in making changes, so working with students and creating a hands-on learning experience for students at a college campus would be my heart's desire!"